Elections 2012: President Obama Eclipses Mitt Romney for First Time in New Poll

Barack has beaten with a six-point his nearest rival, due to the recovering US economy, falling unemployment and negative reaction to the Republican primary contest.

It is the first time that any candidate has broken the 50 per cent barrier during last months. Photo: Barack Obama/Flickr

According to the ABC/Washington Post survey, Mr Obama would win 51 per cent of votes, ahead of 45 per cent for Mitt Romney in case the elections are held now.

“I deserve a second term, but I am not done,” claimed the president. “We’ve created 3.7 million jobs in the last 23 months. We’ve created the most jobs since 2005, the most manufacturing jobs since 1990, but we’re not finished.”

“I’m going to just keep on doing is plodding away, very persistent. And you know what? One of the things about being president is you get better as time goes on,” added Mr Obama.

Obama’s six-point lead is the result of the indicators started to show the economy may be improving, and of the unemployment rate dropped to 8.3%.

However, Romney campaign refused to accept the results of the poll. Polling chief Neil Newhouse said in his statement that design was “seriously flawed” as “it introduced specific negative information about Governor Romney immediately prior to asking the ballot match-up against President Obama.”

So, Romney’s rep concluded that the outcome was “pretty clearly tainted.”

The former Massachusetts governor leads the Republican race after having won the Nevada caucuses over the weekend with 50 per cent of the vote, but the poll demonstrated that Mr Romney was still failing to connect with ordinary voters.

As the Telegraph noted, Mr Romney appears to have been damaged by being forced to disclose that he paid 14 per cent tax on his income of $22 million (£13.9 million) in 2010, with 66 per cent of voters polled saying they believed he was “not paying his fair share”.

Fairness has been the central idea of Obama’s election platform, promising to raise taxes on millionaires such as Mr Romney (the poll showed that 72 per cent of voters, including many Republicans, favoured raising taxes on millionaire), who last week announced that he’s not concerned about the poor and his previous claims that he likes to fire people.

Romney representatives have called the claims simple misunderstandings and misstatements, highlighting it doesn’t mean that Romney is careless when the economic woes of ordinary Americans are concerned. 53 per cent claimed they felt Mr Obama understood the economic problems of ordinary voters, compared with 36 per cent for Mr Romney.

However, there is a good news for the former Massachusetts governor: he is doing better than Newt Gingrich. The former Speaker of the House trailed Obama by 11, the results have shown.

Mr Romney still has plenty of difficulties with energizing conservative base, where Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, the ultra-religious former Pennsylvania senator, have great support.

Early polls in Minnesota claimed Santorum running neck-and-neck with Romney, in a further sign that Gingrich’s campaign is starting to fade after a suffering bad defeat in Florida and giving another angry and erratic performance in Nevada.

Mr Santorum continues to assure that he is the choice of conservatives. “We have two candidates that are flawed. If you look at Florida and Nevada, the results were down as far as participation is concerned,” he told reporters.

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